The Weakest Link
It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price
We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.
State of Surveillance
Mauritania Releases Bodyguard Who Got Arrested After Spyware Deal Went Wrong
After 20 months of detention inside a Mauritanian military camp, Cristian Provvisionato is going back home.
The Forgotten Prisoner of a Spyware Deal Gone Wrong
How bodyguard Cristian Provvisionato became collateral damage in the global digital weapons gold rush.
Aziza Brahim's Music Explores the Western Sahara's Sad Legacy with Beautiful Songs
The Sahrawi singer discusses the process and motivations behind her new album 'Abbar el Hamada,' which addresses 40 years of Western Sahara occupation.
Bored African President May Have Ordered Cup Final to Penalties...in the 63rd minute.
The Mauritanian president may have order a match to penalties in the 63rd minute because he was bored.
Vice eats world
Welcome to VICE Eats World: Food Porn From Around the Globe
For our new column VICE Eats World, we asked our staff to submit photos of all of the food they encounter at every corner of the globe their roles take them to.
How Mohamedou Ould Slahi Became a Suspected Terrorist, Then a Best-Selling Author
His story, steeped in unknowable complexity and murky details, is perhaps the perfect parable of the post-9/11 era.
Russia Wasn't the Only Bad Guy at G20
Russia was the kid everyone picked on at this weekend's G20 in Brisbane, but there were other countries with similarly atrocious records that slipped through the conference unnoticed.
You Need to Hear This
Noura Mint Seymali Is the Psych Blues Artist from Mauritania You Need to Know About
She comes from a lineage of musicians: Noura’s mother was Mauritania’s singer of her time and her father wrote the national anthem.
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The Fat Farms of Mauritania
In Mauritania, a country crippled by food shortages, obesity is viewed as a sign of wealth and prestige in a woman. To attain Mauritanian standards of beauty, many women undergo the practice of 'gavage,' or "fattening up."